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11:00 AM ET, October 2, 2022


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Soumya Karlamangla / New York Times:
Anti-Vaccine Parents Go From Welcome to Ostracized in Marin County  —  The wealthy California county just north of San Francisco has one of the nation's highest Covid-19 vaccination rates after years of being known for parents who opposed shots for childhood diseases.
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Trump's latest attack on McConnell sets a new standard of despicable  —  When you are dealing with someone for whom there is no bottom, it's not exactly surprising to seem him hit a new low.  Nonetheless, Donald Trump's latest social media broadside against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell …
New York Times:
Lawmakers Confront a Rise in Threats and Intimidation, and Fear Worse  —  Violent political speech has increasingly crossed into the realm of in-person confrontation for members of Congress in both parties, raising the prospect of a disastrous event.  —  WASHINGTON — In Bangor, Maine …
Discussion: Insider
Isaac Arnsdorf / Washington Post:
CPAC backpedals on pro-Russia tweet as some U.S. conservatives back Putin  —  The prominent conservative group decried ‘gift-giving to Ukraine’ while adopting Putin's view of ‘Ukraine-occupied territories’  —  Prominent Republicans are digging in against American support …
Konstantin Kisin:
Putin: “The End of Western Hegemony is INEVITABLE”
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
US supreme court to decide cases with ‘monumental’ impact on democracy  —  Many fear the potential for extreme rightwing rulings on topics ranging from affirmative action to voting rights  —  n Monday, the nine justices of the US supreme court will take their seats at the start of a new judicial year …
Washington Post:
Putin overruled his top security service in prisoner swap with Ukraine  —  The prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine in late September was approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin over the objections of his top security service, the FSB, which had concerns about a public backlash in Russia …
Discussion: RedState
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Russia's annexation puts world ‘two or three steps away’ from nuclear war
Discussion: Vox
Yasmeen Abutaleb / Washington Post:
Apocalypse now: Democrats embrace a dark midterm message  —  Biden and the Democrats planned to run mostly on their accomplishments.  But warnings of a Republican dystopia are becoming a bigger part of their message.  —  Democrat Max Frost, running for U.S. Congress in Florida …
Paul Farrell / Daily Mail:
Biden phones hero Coast Guard diver to congratulate him for rescuing lives of Florida residents - just days before he will FIRE him for being unvaccinated as 20,000 members of military face axe  — An heroic Coast Guard swimmer who saved the life of a disabled woman during Hurricane Ian …
Discussion: TRMLX
John Branch / New York Times:
The Racial Divide Herschel Walker Couldn't Outrun  —  As a teenage football prodigy, Mr. Walker was pressed to join a fight for civil rights in his hometown.  His decision echoes decades later.  —  WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. — The race for a critical Senate seat was in full motion by midsummer …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
National Archives says it's still missing records from Trump officials  —  The National Archives has told the House Oversight Committee that it has not yet recovered all of the records from Trump administration officials that should have been transferred under the Presidential Records Act.
Michael Grunwald / The Atlantic:
Why the Florida Fantasy Withstands Reality  —  Five years ago, after Hurricane Irma pummeled Florida's Gulf Coast, I rode a boat through the canals of Cape Coral, the “Waterfront Wonderland,” America's fastest-growing city at the time.  It was a sunny day with a gentle breeze and just a few puffs of clouds …
Discussion: Emissions
The Guardian:
‘Women are in charge.  They are leading’: Iran protests continue despite crackdowns  —  People, determined to defy violence by security forces and online blackout, are resorting to old-fashioned methods to organise unrest  —  The messages, printed on scraps of paper, were thrown …
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
How Iran's Hijab Protest Movement Became So Powerful
Discussion: The National Interest
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Americans captured by Russia detail months of beatings, interrogation … TRINITY, Ala. — Alex Drueke and Andy Tai Huynh evaded Russian forces for hours, slogging through pine forests and marshes in Ukraine to avoid detection.  The U.S. military veterans were left behind — “abandoned,” …
Discussion: Associated Press
The Sunday Times:
Liz Truss advised King Charles to stay away from Cop27 climate summit … The King, a passionate environmental campaigner, has abandoned plans to attend next month's Cop27 climate change summit after Liz Truss told him to stay away.  —  He had intended to deliver a speech at the meeting of world leaders in Egypt.
Associated Press:
Election officials brace for confrontational poll watchers  —  The situation with the poll watcher had gotten so bad that Anne Risku, the election director in North Carolina's Wayne County, had to intervene via speakerphone.  “You need to back off!”  Risku recalled hollering …
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Republicans abandon Obamacare repeal  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans are abandoning their long crusade to repeal the Affordable Care Act, making the 2022 election the first in more than a decade that won't be fought over whether to protect or undo President Barack Obama's signature achievement.
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Caitlin McFall / Fox News:
VP Kamala Harris says hurricane recovery should take ‘equity’ into account
The Sunday Times:
Kwasi Kwarteng's ‘budget day’ cocktail party with financiers who may have profited from crash
Spencer Lindquist / Breitbart:
George Soros's Open Society Foundation Puts Millions Behind Pro-Amnesty, Pro-Illegal Immigration Groups
Linda Robertson / Miami Herald:
Searching for survivors at Ian's ground zero, Fort Myers Beach. It doesn't always end well
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Politico
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Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
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